Adjusting Diet to Deal With Food Allergies - 0 Things You Need to Know

By Summer Banks FNS, SPT on May 02, 2022
People can be allergic to a host of different things and millions of Americans deal with allergies of some kind. While food allergies do not account for all allergies that people deal with, they are a significant issue that both kids and adults can suffer from. Food allergy symptoms most commonly present themselves in children and babies but they can appear at any age and occasionally it is possible to develop allergies to foods that have been eaten for years without a problem. People can be allergic to just about any type of food but there are eight specific foods that account for approximately ninety percent of all allergic reactions.

Allergic Reactions To Food

An allergic reaction to food occurs when the immune system overreacts to a food or specific substance within a food, identifying it as a dangerous substance, and causing the body to trigger a protective response. Food allergy symptoms can range from mild to severe and not all reactions will be the same. For instance, a food that may have triggered mild symptoms in the past may cause worse symptoms if consumed at another time. The eight most common foods associated with allergies are listed below.

  • Peanuts – Peanut allergies are one of the most common allergies found in children in the United States.
  • Eggs – Egg allergies are especially common in childhood. The development of symptoms after eating eggs may indicate an allergy.
  • Milk – Milk allergies are particularly common in children and are sometimes outgrown. Milk allergies can cause an upset stomach and vomiting.
  • Tree Nuts – Tree nuts include cashews, almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, and more.
  • Shellfish – Shellfish includes lobster, crab, and other animals. Itchy mouth or stomach ache after eating shellfish can indicate an allergy.
  • Fish – Allergies to finned fish are less common than shellfish.
  • Wheat – Wheat is found in many products including pasta, bread, and cereal. Development of rash, stomachache, or hives after eating wheat could indicate an allergy.
  • Soy – Soy allergies can cause runny or stuffy nose, stomachache, or rash.

Symptoms of Allergic Reactions to Food

Symptoms of an allergic reaction to food can range in intensity from mild to severe and can surface in a number of ways. Allergic reactions can involve the respiratory tract, gastrointestinal tract, the skin, and the cardiovascular system. Symptoms of an allergic reaction normally occur within two hours of ingesting the allergen but often symptoms begin showing within minutes. In very rare circumstances, reactions can be delayed for as much as four hours or even longer.

Once a person has been diagnosed with an allergy to a certain food, the most effective way to treat the allergy is to simply avoid the food. This involves learning about the food you need to avoid such as whether it is known by any other names and reviewing everything in your diet to ensure it is safe. Avoiding foods that cause allergic reactions also means thoroughly checking ingredient labels to be safe.

About the Author:

Summer Banks has researched over 5000 weight-loss programs, pills, shakes and diet plans. Previously, she managed 15 supplement brands, worked with professionals in the weight loss industry and completed coursework in nutrition at Stanford University.